Starting next week on Tuesday, two shops in Massachusetts will be able to start marijuana sales. The state’s Cannabis Control Commission has given approval to the two shops to begin sales.
Cultivate Holdings LLC and New England Treatment Access (NETA) LLC have been authorized to start selling marijuana and marijuana products.
Cultivate, which is located on Main Street in Leicester, is a registered medical marijuana dispensary. NETA is located at 118 Conz Street in Northampton.
This is a huge milestone of the state considering that Massachusetts voters legalized the use of recreational marijuana by adults 21 and older back in 2106.
The expected date for marijuana sales to start had been on July 1st but it wasn’t met.
New England Treatment Acces said it will open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday while Cultivate Holdings said it would open at 10 a.m. the same day.
“This signal to open retail marijuana establishments marks a major milestone for voters who approved legal, adult-use cannabis in our state,” commission chairman Steven J. Hoffman said.
He added, “To get here, licensees underwent thorough background checks, passed multiple inspections and had their products tested, all to ensure public health and safety as this new industry gets up and running.”
“We can rightfully squawk about state delays and problematic local opposition, but the fact remains that we’re the first state east of the Mississippi to offer legal, tested cannabis to adult consumers in safe retail settings,” said Jim Borghesani, a spokesman for the group that led the ballot question to legalize recreational pot.